Keepin’ It 4Real

August 9th, 2007at 05:39pm Posted by Eli

Babies I’m glad I’m not:

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A New Zealand couple is looking to call their newborn son Superman — but only because their chosen name of 4Real has been rejected by the government registry.

Pat and Sheena Wheaton say they will get around the decision by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages by officially naming their son Superman but referring to him as 4Real, the New Zealand Herald newspaper has reported.

The Wheatons decided on the name after seeing the baby for the first time in an ultrasound scan and realizing their baby was “for real.”


Pat Wheaton said he was considering appealing against the decision through the courts, but whatever happens he won’t be budged on his choice.

“No matter what its going to stay 4Real,” Wheaton told the Herald, “I’m certainly not a quitter.”

Damn straight, Pat. You stand up for your inalienable right to give your kid an incredibly stupid name that will make his life a living hell.

The NZ government’s official reason for rejecting the name was the presence of a numeric character. The unofficial reason was “What the hell is wrong with you people???”

The fact that the kid will be equally miserable with the name “Superman” is, I’m sure, small consolation for his parents.

In other batshit insane world news…

From The Netherlands:

A giant, smiling Lego man was fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort on Tuesday.

Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-meter (8-foot) tall model with a yellow head and blue torso.

One witness said it came from the direction of the UK, so maybe it was attempting some variation of swimming the Channel? Obviously, an ambitious Lego man looking to make his mark would have to choose a much more challenging swim, to compensate for his tremendous natural buoyancy.

And in Moscow:

A crocodile survived a fall from the 12th floor of a Russian apartment block after making an escape bid through a window, emergency services said on Wednesday.

Diving out of the window has become a habit for the crocodile, called Khenar, with concerned neighbors saying it was the third time he had used that method to flee, Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported.

The crocodile lost one tooth in the latest fall but was otherwise unscathed, said a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry in the Nizhny Novgorod region of central Russia.

I’m a bit surprised that jumping out a 12th-story window apparently isn’t that big a deal for crocodiles – must be a carryover from their arboreal past.

Also, I have to admit to a nagging suspicion that perhaps this crocodile-as-house-pet living arrangement isn’t working out so well…

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